I had missions before my cartels. The missons were my first bindings and I thought they were great, but compared to the cartels, the missions are very soft in every way and also unresponsive. In my opinion the missions are a pile of crap. I wouldn't suggest them unless they were $50 and temporary.
Holy crap, I didn't realize. Are you guys talking about a specific year of Missions? I've been riding a pair of 2006 missions for a few years and thought they were good (compared to my first pair of generic bindings they were); didn't realize there was better out there.
I think I had either 06 or 07 missions. the villa poncho version. I have 2010 cartels and I love bombing runs and hitting big kickers. I have no problems with the cartels, but the cartels are only the 2nd pair of bindings I've had. Compared to the missons the cartels are much stiffer and more responsive.